Negra Modelo
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #197
Ranked #47,544
3.37 | pDev: 15.73%
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
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Notes: Negra Modelo, better known as "the cream of the beer", is a Munich-type beer with 5.3º of alcohol that offers a balanced flavor and a delicate aroma of dark malt, caramel and hops.

Today it occupies the first place in sales among dark beers in Mexico. This beer is accompanied by a bright deep amber color, which is adorned with abundant, white and compact foam.

Negra Modelo was introduced in Mexico in 1925 as the dark beer called Modelo, to begin its great tradition. In 2014 it changed its image to a more sophisticated bottle but with the same content.

Ingredients - Water, barley malt, non-malted cereals, hops
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Caramel brown body with a fair head and bits of lacing here and there. Nose is medium dry toast and some caramel with a hint of non-malt sweetness. Taste hits a little more on the caramel than the toasted notes, with a similar adjunct possibility up front. The opening is malty but not overly sweet, and that is backed by a slightly bitter mix of hops and toasted malt accentuated by a semi-dry finish. A little watery with some lightly biting carbonation, this is a pretty decent macro offering even if partially because it's a bit different than most of them.

Jun 12, 2020
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Clyde_D13 from Texas

2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Pours a nice white/clear head, very dark brown/black colored beer. The smell is a bit off-putting compared to the darker colors of the beer, I was expecting more of a malty & smoky smell. The taste of the beer is far better than the smell in my opinion, a lot of caramel notes. The mouthfeel of this beer is pretty flat & smooth. Overall, this beer is an easy drinker & i'd definitely get it again. The thing about this beer is it's one of the more commonly stumbled upon/widely available dark beers, there are far better ones out there though.

Jun 03, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. White head. Clear copper amber color.

Tastes more like a Vienna than a Munich dunkel. Caramel, toffee, biscuit. Earthy, zesty, grassy hops. Smooth, light, easy drinking. Solid for what it is.

May 09, 2020
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jonmikel from Spain

4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black amber color. The foam head fades away very quickly. There is almost no carbonation. Coffee taste though it has not a lasting feel. It is a light beer given it is a dark beer.

May 09, 2020
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AccipiterofBeer from New York

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

poured into a dimpled tankard

L: 3.5 amber body with a thin white head. Moderate carbonation.
S: 3.5 dark malts. Some hops.
T: 3.5 bready and sweet. Caramel. Honey. A pinch of spices.
F: 3.25 medium bodied. Pretty decent, but I like my lagers a but more easy-going.
O: 3.5. Not bad at all. I'm going to enjoy a few of these to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in isolation.

May 03, 2020
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is really quite tasty, couldn't get much smell, but like most other basic Mexican brewed lagers I drank in Mexico, I found this one to be enjoyable and tasty and hit the spot at the end of a hot day, followed by a Marguarita. I felt the same about Dos Equis, Tecate and a few other lagers, as well as the others in the Grupo Modelo line. I'd probably get bored with them if I had to drink multiple in the same sitting, but they really hit the spot at the right time.

Mar 02, 2020
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4.45/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bursting with flavor, and nice rich, malty aroma and taste. Not as easy drinking as say Coors or Pabst but goes down easy and Would pair very well with Mexican food.

Feb 29, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The original germanic recipe made using high-quality Mexican mineral water and flaked maize - poured from 12 oz snub-bottle atypical of the brand. This beer touts its Super Galena and Galena hop varieties (the super galena is the only hop used in Corona Extra).

Pours a nearly transparent brown hue, mild white lacing sits onto the rim after the 2 fingers high off white brownish head that quickly dissipated. The smell is neutral and of toasted corn.

Upon first taste, you hit with a small amount of carbonation in the front with caramel sweetness, mid's are a silent alcohol burn, and the finish is of sweet carmel corn and barely.

Feb 15, 2020
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2.69/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I have no knowledge of the history of Mexican Beer, and no working knowledge of the intricacies of brewing. All I can give is my opinion, and to me, Negro Modelo is a close relative of your basic, historic American lagers. It is less hoppy, less skunky, and has overlays of smokiness and sweetness not found in the beers that made Milwaukee burp. This beer is boring and less than memorable. That is all you need to know.

Feb 10, 2020
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unexpectedly, I found out I have not rated this beer. I thought I had rated this beer years ago. As I sit here to rate this beer, I am glad I am rating it now. I have gained a vast amount of knowledge about beer. In the past, I have rated beers subjectively and not the style. Negra Modelo a ubiquitous Mexican beer that almost everyone over 21 had drunk. I have drunk it several times but from a subjective perspective. Today I am going to rate it on its style with a touch of subjectivity. The beer has this gold foil, covering the cap that is not easy to remove. Instead of removing the foil, I just popped the top. Hopefully, none of that foil made its way in the beer. I served the beer in a pilsner glass because my Pokal glass has gone MIA. The beer is 44 degrees when poured. A creamy and frothy two finger head formed. The retention of the head is excellent, leaving a little bit of lacing on the glass. The head of the beer is a milky tan color. The beer's color is SRM 20, an amber brown with ruby hues. The clarity is brilliant. I am pleasantly surprised to see a beautiful appearance for a low rated beer.
The initial aromas I get from the beer are toffee, toasted malts, caramelized sugar, and earthiness. Digging further, I smell a touch of Maillard, an inkling of phenols, mustiness, bread crust, and nuttiness.

First, I taste nuttiness, bread crust, caramelized sugar, and earthiness. Moving the beer around, I get herbal, spicy phenols, dankness, Mailliard, toffee, a hint of chocolate, and roasted malts. The finishing flavors, I taste a hint of char, slight harsh roasted malts, and hint of floral.

The mouthfeel of the beer is soft, creamy, and carbonated.

The body of the beer is medium, medium carbonation, and medium finish.

The beer does follow the guidelines for a Munich Dunkel to the letter. Is the beer amazing? No. Is the beer worthy of the rating it is getting? No. I feel this beer has gotten a bit of a bad rap. Yes, this beer is a lager. Too many have little understanding of the lager. I think the beer is worthy of a B rating. It would be a lot better fresher I can taste the age in the beer. I did enjoy the beer. Might drink a few more of these in the future.

Feb 08, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drinking this on tap at a Mexican restaurant poured into a pint glass.
Appears dark amber.
Smells malty, bready.
Taste follows the nose with enough hoppiness for balance.
Mouth feel is medium for the style
Overall, the best Mexican beer I could order because of no craft drafts.
That being said, it's typically the best Mexican beer you could order in a Mexican restaurant. I had two while I was there. Goes great with Mexican food.

Jan 23, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simplicity. Simplicity. This beer to me is like taking a drink of water when you are thirsty - it does the damn job. Like waking up from a nightmare, you are aware and content. It’s like sucking on a lolly pop when you were a 4 year old. You don’t know shit, but you’re happy.

Dec 22, 2019
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elNopalero from Texas

3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Continuing my series of reviewing beers I’ve had several times but never reviewed, Negra Modelo. This pours amber, with a lightly bready aroma. I used to love drinking it but now it veers on the overly malty and somewhat cloying side for my tastes these days. Still, you can do far worse.

Nov 29, 2019
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elnachooo from Spain

2.13/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Cerveza de color cobrizo, ligero y de carbonatación media. Aroma débiles a malta y caramelo. En boca es ligeramente dulce con una sensación de caramelo.

Nov 09, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle. Stamped on bottle neck is 'C229C119'. Distinctive bottle shape and label.
Clean, ruby brown colored body. Slight off white head upon pouring. Left behind lacing likes to slide back down into the body.
Aroma of toasted malt, with a touch of fruit and chocolate.
Taste is toasted malt with an ending caramel note. Has a bit of pear apple flavor. Slight touch of chocolate.
Thin mouth feel. Good carbonation.
This beer has subtle aromas and flavors, but works well with spicier foods. Not a WOW beer but not much to complain about either.

Sep 21, 2019
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Beertsipper from New York

2.89/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

24 oz can, date on can is undecipherable. Pours a brownish dark copper with a small khaki head. Nose is roasted malts, toffee, caramel, maybe hint of dark fruits and wheat toast. Taste is caramel malts, some dark fruits, and the roasted malts are not as prominent as the nose. Light to medium mouthfeel with a bit of bitterness on the finish. Good levels of carbonation. This is a better choice than their regular Modelo and other macro lagers. I would choose this over many AAL's. Don't think I will but again unless it's on sale like this can was. Paid about $1.79 for a 24 ouncer.

Aug 09, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer but a bit subdued for the style. Served at a party, but have had it many times with Mexican food. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Could have used a bit more head. Weak smell, but some toasted malt smell and taste. Will order again, no doubt, at a Mexican restaurant.

Aug 05, 2019
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LarryLove81 from New York

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one sort of grew on me. After trying it a few times and not really liking it too much I really enjoyed it one day when I had it over lunch with some friends. This beer pairs pretty well with Mexican or pretty much most Latin food in general. It’s also pretty nice by itself. It’s a bit one note-ish but the one note is done well. The one note is a chocolatey malty note. One of the better Mexicans beers if not the best one.

Jun 23, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with Ruby tinge, topped with two fingers of beige head.

Smells of dark toasted malts, a hint of coffee, and that’s about it.

It tastes of dark toasted malts, and hints of toffee.

Very light body, with lots of carbonation.

I got this given to me from my friend from the Netherlands and I’m drinking it in Redding, June 10th 2019.

Jun 09, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rock n' Mexicana in Windham, NY.

This one pours a light caramel brown color, with a small head, and a lot of lacing.

This smells like lightly toasted malt, some sweet graininess, a touch of hops, and a slight fruitiness.

You could honestly do a lot worse than Negra Modelo. It's got an authentic maltiness to it, it's not too sweet, and it tastes very crisp and refreshing.

This is light bodied, a touch thin, with a great drinkability, and a higher level of carbonation.

This is honestly really not that bad. It pairs obviously quite well with Mexican food.

Jun 05, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My Mexican restaurant standby - hits that easy drinking note and doesn't feel like crap big brewery lager. As a matter of fact and true to style it doesn’t taste at all like a Mexican beer with its dark caramel maltiness and relatively smooth mouthfeel.

Jun 02, 2019
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gvickery from Texas

3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look is fairly dark, like a Schwartzbier. Smell is faint roasted malt and a little adjunct corn and maybe a little molasses. Taste is clean, a little burnt bread and a tiny bit of caramel. Slight tart finish but mostly dry. To me this is more like a schwartzbier than anything else. It’s heavier than your typical adjunct lager but not overwhelming by any means. As far as “Mexican” beers it’s for sure one of the better ones. Cheers.

May 20, 2019
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wonderfully clean, warm deep brown body with a fizzy caramel head that fades to nothing, quickly. Looks watery. Nose is raisin, caramel, bread crust. Belgianeqsue. Taste is similar, nice malty flavors of toasted bread, fig/raisin, caramel. It ends on a rather dirty note like iron or dirt, but it's mild. Body is prickly, very light, smooth, slightly syrupy. Super easy drinking.
Probably the most solid ultra-ubiquitous macro beer.

Apr 24, 2019
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DobbyXXX from Arizona

4.01/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a handsome amber tint with a light welcoming foamy cap. Smells a bit butterscotchy metallic with traces of bitter hopy-maltiness. Taste confirms the hops and malt but with a very drinkable lightness for a darker beer. After a few of these the need to cram a tamale down my gullet becomes irresistible. No doubt it will do the same to you my fellow beerventurer!

Apr 08, 2019
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I always get this when out having Mexican food. A really tasty beer with decent mouth feel and flavors. Revisited a few bottles and it was off and almost old feeling. Draft for this is a must.

Apr 01, 2019
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